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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Normal School (442 William Avenue, Winnipeg)

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The former Central Normal School at 442 William Avenue in Winnipeg was one of six Normal Schools in Manitoba, along with Brandon, Dauphin, Manitou, Portage la Prairie, and St. Boniface. It served as the headquarters for teacher training for more than forty years. Before its construction, classes were held on the second floor of the vacant Stobart Block on Portage Avenue near Main Street.

Constructed in 1905-1906 from plans by provincial architect Samuel Hooper, at a cost of about $100,000, the Neo-Classical structure was made of Tyndall limestone with interior wood work of oak and fir. The basement featured classrooms, recreation room, gymnasium, lavatories, kitchen, and mechanical rooms. On the main floor were classrooms and offices, a model room and library, and large halls. The second floor had more classrooms, laboratory, museum and art room. An apartment of the resident caretaker and storerooms were in the attic.

In 1942, the building was taken over by the Canadian military and staff and students of the Normal School moved to temporary facilities near Gimli. In September 1946, the Normal School moved to a facility in southwest Winnipeg then, in the autumn of 1958, it was renamed the Manitoba Teachers’ College. The facility was moved to the University of Manitoba in 1965, becoming its Faculty of Education.

The building was renovated for residential use in 1992, for which it received a Heritage Winnipeg Conservation Award. Two years later, a plaque was placed in front of it by the Manitoba Heritage Council. It is a municipally-designated historic site.





Edwin Lee Byington (1852-1891)


David James Goggin (1848-1935)


William Albert McIntyre (1859-1937)


Herbert McIntosh (1888-1953)


William Arthur Cowperthwaite (1874-1949)


Robert McKay Stevenson (1882-1970)


Duncan Bruce Moorhead (1889-1951)


School Year



J. E. Carroll (physical training), Lucy Cooper (music), Miss Hodgson (art), Harold McIntosh (psychology), Miss Kate McLeod (primary methods), H. E. Riter (mathematics), Miss Shirriff (drama and speech)

Photos & Maps

Postcard view of the Central Normal School

Postcard view of the Central Normal School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0060

The former Central Normal School building

The former Central Normal School building (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90142, W97.14758
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dauphin Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitou Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Portage la Prairie Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba School for the Deaf (500 Shaftesbury, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mulvey School (750 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central School No. 944 (1899-1954)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Central School (Tenth Street, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria School (32 Fifth Street SE, Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Public Buildings Erected and Improved by the Government of Manitoba during the Years 1900-1906, Government of Manitoba, December 1906. [Copy at Archives of Manitoba]

“Next Normal School classes to start at Tuxedo Sept. 9,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 April 1946, page 21.

Central Normal School, Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

Central Normal School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

With the West in Her Eyes: Nellie Hislop’s Story by E. W. Nuffield, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Limited, 1987, page 102.

Manitoba Normal School Principals, 1939-1965, Manitoba Education Library Archives.

Give Me This Mountain by Mary Kornelsen, Steinbach: Derksen Printers, 1975.

Over the Rainbow: Memories of a Country School Teacher by Ruth Emisch, 1993.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2018

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